Linford D. Fisher

in The Indian Great Awakening

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199740048
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949892 | DOI:

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This chapter looks at the “second wave” of Anglo-American attempts to evangelize Native communities in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Long Island in the opening decades of the eighteenth century. The year 1734 becomes the key moment in this important backdrop to the religious and cultural changes in the 1740s, in part because in this year many Indian communities in these regions began to request English missionaries and ministers. This chapter also shows the importance of land in the lives of Natives in southeastern New England and the interrelatedness of land and religion, in that the loss of land was an impediment to reception of Christianity.

Keywords: evangelization; Indian communities; English missionaries; land; religion; Christianity

Chapter.  13860 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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